Virtual Goodness with Virtual Machines

Date and Time: 
2014 April 7th @ 10:45am
CG1 Auditorium
Kevin Beam

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) recently deployed a scientific visualization web application that made use of a new Virtual Machine (VM) infrastructure at the Center. The team used tools like Vagrant, VirtualBox, VMware's vSphere, Puppet, Fabric, and Jenkins to automate the creation and provisioning of VMs in various environments (local workstations, integration, QA, staging, and production). In this talk we will discuss why VMs were useful for this project, what tools we used, and ideas for using VMs on future projects. Finally, we will show how to create a simple VM and deploy a web application to it.

Speaker Description: 

Kevin Beam is a software engineer at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He enjoys applying Python, test-driven development, and functional programming to scientific software development.

Kevin will be collaborating with NSIDC colleagues Matt Savoie, Hannah Wilcox, and Jeff Braucher on this talk.

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